[Videos and multiple updates below below.] Emergency responders are on the scene of an apparent explosion and collapse at a building in Manhattan’s East Village.
The explosion and collapse was reported at around 3:20 p.m. at 7th Street and Second Avenue Thursday afternoon.
Multiple injuries have been reported, the Fire Department said.
The collapse occurred at 125 Second Avenue, which is a residential and commercial building.
Fire could be seen tearing through at least two buildings at the location.
The fire quickly escalated to four alarms, according to the FDNY.
According to Department of Building records, there was a stop-work order on the building. See more at CBS NEW YORK.
Update, 3:47 p.m.: The fire has torn through 121 and 123 Second Avenue, which are mixed residential and commercial buildings.
Update, 4 p.m.: It is a seven alarm fire. About 250 firefighters are at the scene. Tower ladders are pouring water on the building.
Update, 4:10 p.m.: The NYPD says initial indications suggest the cause was a gas explosion. It is believed a construction crew hit a gas line, triggering the blast.
Update, 4:23 p.m.: Con Edison workers were at the building earlier today. Work was being done there on a gas line in the basement by a private contractor.
Update, 4:32 P.M.: A sushi restaurant is located on the ground floor of 121 Second Avenue. The other building houses a Belgian cafe and deli on its ground floor.
Update, 4:35 p.m.: Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton are on their way to the scene.
Update, 4:42 p.m.: The explosion has forced numerous street closures in the area. Second Avenue is closed from 14th Street to Houston Street. Crosstown traffic on 14th Street and Houston Street is closed from First to Third Avenues. There is no northbound traffic on Third Avenue from 14th Street to Houston Street.
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